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Some links before the weekend
   January 23, 2015 (12:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some reading material as you countdown until the weekend.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (highlights), the US U-20 team found out that it will be playing El Salvador on Saturday in the win-or-go-home playoff match to determine who will go to this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  The game will be on Fox Sports 2 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  The US will have a chance to get some revenge on El Salvador as they knocked out the 2012 U-23 team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. (UPDATE – Looks like the game is now on Fox Soccer Plus).

US Soccer also put up a video on Tommy Thompson yesterday.

Speaking of the U-23 team, Ives Galarcep decided to guess at a possible Olympic qualifying team of MLS players since some of the European-based played might not get released for qualification.

Joe Corona returned from his broken foot to score in Tijuana’s Copa MX match on Wednesday (highlights).  Jon Arnold (who has been everywhere this week) was at Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and got some post-game quotes from Corona.  Tijuana’s website also got some words from Corona following the game.

Jon Arnold also spoke to Mix Diskerud this week at the USMNT camp.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Sacha Kljestan scored two nearly identical goals in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup win (highlights).  And Eric Lichaj was subbed off after only 32 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss to Fulham.

Still unemployed, but apparently Juan Agudelo is mulling over some offers.

For those of you with a Darlington Nagbe-to-USMNT countdown clock, you can probably move the time up a bit.  Most people thought he would become a US citizen at the end of 2015 but it now looks like it could be September according to Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

Brad Guzan did a little Q&A action with ESPN FC this week.

With the Bundesliga on winter break, Greg Seltzer decided to do a midseason report card on John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Julian Green, Joe Gyau, Fabian Johnson and Caleb Stanko.

Mukwelle Akale turned 18 recently so he officially joined Villarreal this week.

Giuseppe Gentile, who bounced around USL Pro/NASL last season, has signed with Swiss Challenge League club FC Chiasso.

And finally, Kevin Dzierzawski is headed on loan to Scottish League One side Peterhead.  Dzierzawski has been with Queen of the South in Scotland since 2013-14.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Caleb Stanko, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Giuseppe Gentile, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Mix Diskerud, Mukwelle Akale, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, Tommy Thompson, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Zulte-Waregem Highlights
   January 21, 2015 (1:35 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and scored two goals (nearly identical goals, too) today in Anderlecht’s 4-2 win over Zulte-Waregem in Belgian Cup action.  Here are all the goals.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Tuesday morning links
   January 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you on this Tuesday.

The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights).  They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round.  It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.

Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).

We posted the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey back in December and now it looks like it could have some legs as Alex Morgan was recently seen in the shirt.

The USMNT’s friendly against Chile is listed on US Soccer’s website as being broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, but it looks like it might have switched to Fox Sports 1 along with a pre-game show.

Jon Arnold is in sunny SoCal for the USMNT camp and spoke to Tesho Akindele about his international options and to Bobby Wood about seeking an exit from 1860 Munich during this transfer window.

I don’t think I posted this last week but Brad Evans left the camp due to a knee injury.

The Guardian’s Tom Gottlieb takes a look at the USMNT defense and why it might be the weak link at the moment.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson writes how Michael Bradley is a big reason why Jozy Altidore is now with Toronto FC.

As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.

The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.

“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.

“You know he’s ready and you know you’re ready.”

For those of you that watched ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, you might remember Michael Bradley was recruiting Jozy back then.

Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck wants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.

We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies.  Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo).  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.

Alejandro Bedoya did a video interview with BeIN Sports recently.

Jose Torres had back surgery and is going to be out for 10-12 weeks according to Tigres.

Dillon Powers just picked up his Italian passport last week.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there are some teams in Italy interested in the Colorado Rapids midfielder (Plano Senior High School represent!).

And as Howie posted yesterday, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller is skipping MLS for the German fourth division.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Dillon Powers, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tyler Miller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday funday linkaganza
   January 16, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Links and such before the weekend.

So Jozy Altidore is going to officially be with Toronto FC today (before heading to California to join the USMNT).  Here is some video of him arriving at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.  Toronto FC have already changed their Facebook page up a bit.  The official press conference to introduce him will be today at 11 AM Eastern.

Here is a little video of the USMNT training in California.  The team also made a trip to the Staples Center last night to watch the Lakers attempt to play basketball.

Speaking of the NBA, DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Howard both were in London to check out the Bucks-Knicks game at the O2 Arena.  Timmy has going full blown drifter with his look.

Back to the USMNT, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges has been added to the roster for this month.

Jurgen Klinsmann also recently said that Robbie Rogers would have likely been called into camp if he didn’t split it up between vets and U-23 players.

If you are planning on going to the Gold Cup final, it looks like you can start looking into plans to head to Philadelphia.

Diego Fagundez played with Uruguay’s U-20 team last night at South American U-20 Championship, so he is officially cap tied and can no longer play for the US since he is not a US citizen yet.

According to the Digital Communications Manager at Southampton, Cody Cropper just has a black eye and is fine after his collision on Monday that sent him to the hospital.

The LA Galaxy traded midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to Colorado for the third spot in the allocation order and allocation money, making some people think they are still trying to sign Sacha Kljestan.

US U-18 midfielder Kyle Scott scored a nice goal for Chelsea’s U-21 team earlier this week.

According to Ives Galarcep, Sebastian Lletget is in Spain training with a second division team as he could be headed out (on loan?) this month.

Here is a Google-translated story on Andrew Wooten and his coach Alois Schwartz.

Nermin Crnkic scored a goal earlier this week for Jablonec in a friendly against Atletico Victoria.

Former USMNTer Thomas Dooley has agreed to a two-year extension as manager of the Philippine national team.

And finally, a little poll before the weekend.  How many goals do you think Jozy Altidore will score in MLS regular season play in 2015?

 

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Scott, Matt Hedges, Nermin Crnkic, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Thomas Dooley, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A few things for Thursday
   January 8, 2015 (1:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

New York appears to be the place to be at the moment.

A day after we had Mix Diskerud-to-NYCFC rumors, Taylor Twellman tells us that Jozy Altidore is talking to a few MLS teams, including New York Red Bulls.  Less than an hour later, Ives Galarcep told the world that the Red Bulls are also closing in on Sacha Kljestan.

Those of you waiting to buy a DeAndre Yedlin/Tottenham jersey can now go ahead with that purchase as he is wearing #12.  Here is also a quick video of him scoring in his first training with Spurs.

Speaking of new jerseys, the American contingent at Club Tijuana will be wearing Adidas this season after wearing Nike the last few seasons.  The previous link has the red jerseys while here is the white jerseys.  And here is Joe Corona in the red jersey.

Tijuana’s website also has an interview up with Tab Ramos since the US U-20 team features Paul Arriola, John Requejo, Amando Moreno and Fernando Arce Jr.

Here is a photo of the US U-20 team training in Jamaica from yesterday.

We know the US group stage games will be broadcasted on FS2, but here is a whole PDF with all the broadcast information of the entire tournament from Fox.

The USMNT friendly against Chile on January 28 will be played at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.  The game will start at 5 PM Eastern and will be broadcasted on FS1.

Danny Karbassiyoon talked to ONE World Sports about scouting Gedion Zelalem.  I found this part sort of funny.

“I was all over CONCACAF looking for guys,’’ Karbassiyoon said Monday. “And every single trip I went on was a plane ride, and if it was a drive, it was several hours away in another market. But with Gedion, maybe two or three months after I originally met him, his dad had me over. I knew I was close but that area is confusing, and I’m navigationally challenged, so I looked up the house and it said estimated time three minutes. I said that really is close. It was pretty hilarious.”

Cesar Romero (a.k.a. The Joker) got some love from UEFA.com this week.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski has moved from Ängelholms FF to Helsingborgs IF in the Allsvenskan (first division).  Some might remember that Alejandro Bedoya played two seasons with Helsingborgs IF.

Speaking of goalkeepers, resident goalkeeper fanatic Will Reno has your monthly recap in American goalkeepers right here.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Cesar Romero, DeAndre Yedlin, Fernando Arce Jr., Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Matt Pyzdrowski, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A variety of links for Thursday
   December 18, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.

Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe.  John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday).  Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights).  Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet).  And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).

Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend.  Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.

Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.

And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).

US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week.  Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.

And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.

Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup.  And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).

Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.

Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla.  This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.

The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.

Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.

Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.

LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.

Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here.  Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.

Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer.  Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies.  The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week.  Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.  But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.

Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.

If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss.  Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.

Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately.  Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.

Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.

And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Dom Dwyer, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kenny Saief, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, Nate Weiss, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Santiago Castano, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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Anderlecht vs. Zulte-Waregem Highlights
   December 17, 2014 (2:48 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal today in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win over Zulte-Waregem in Belgian Cup action.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Anderlecht vs. Racing Mechelen Highlights
   December 3, 2014 (9:30 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and assisted on a goal in Anderlecht’s 4-0 win in Belgian Cup action on Wednesday.  Here is his assist.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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A bunch of links before the weekend
   November 7, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s Friday and here are some links.

I posted yesterday the news that Tesho Akindele turned down an invite with the Canadian national team to keep things open with the US.  And now Ives Galarcep is hearing that Akindele will be called in by the USMNT next week.

Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy with the performances of many of the USMNTers since the World Cup.  Here are some short videos of Klinsmann talking about facing Colombia in London and the fan support at Craven Cottage.

Speaking of Craven Cottage, Kyle McCarthy looks at the connection between the USMNT and Craven Cottage.

Jozy Altidore’s agent, Lyle Yorks, is headed to Sunderland to talk to the club about his future.  HITC’s Andrew Gibney takes a look at why a loan to France would be a good move for multiple parties.  Jozy also turned 25 yesterday.  According to the always good Paul Carr, his 24 international goals are the second most in USMNT history before turning 25.  Some guy named Landon Donovan leads the way with 27.

Speaking of numbers, go check out where Rubio Rubin’s four assists rank in Europe among players 20 or younger.

Two Americans saw the field in Europa League action on Thursday.  Tim Howard recorded the 150th shutout of his European club career in a 3-0 win over Lille.  He was pretty happy.  Fabian Johnson got the start at right back in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win.  Here is a photo of him in action.

I posted some highlights of Anderlecht’s dramatic three-goal comeback to draw with Arsenal earlier this week and now Greg Seltzer broke down Sacha Kljestan’s performance of the game.

Danny Williams came back from his injury last weekend while coming off the bench and now he made his first start since the injury, going 67 minutes in Reading’s mid-weeek 3-0 win over Rotherham.

Michael Orozco went the distance in Puebla’s loss on penalty kicks to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX final on Wednesday.

I missed this earlier in the week, but Geoff Cameron made WhoScored’s Team of the Week for his performance from last weekend.

Orlando City’s Tommy Redding is headed to Benfica in December for yet another MLS offseason training stint.

Brian Sciaretta has a pair of interviews worth checking out this week.  One with Fulham legend Brian McBride and one with Nepal national team manager Jack Stefanowski.

Grant Wahl talked to Mia Hamm this week about her new role with Roma and LAFC.

Travis Clark caught up with David Najem about life in the German Regionalliga.

Here is a look at what could happen if the World Cup is shifted to the winter in 2022.

Who doesn’t life tifos?

And finally, the USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely be announced on Monday.  In the mean time, here are some names on John D. Halloran’s radar for next summer’s Gold Cup.

 
Categories: Brian McBride, Danny Williams, David Najem, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jack Stefanowski, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, Tommy Redding, US Men's National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Arsenal Highlights
   November 4, 2014 (8:36 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Anderlecht’s 3-3 draw to Arsenal.  Arsenal jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Anderlecht scored three goals in the last 30 minutes to pull off the draw at Emirates Stadium.  Arsenal became just the second team ever to fail to win a Champions League match at home after leading by 3+ goals.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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